Google Drive has been updated with performance improvements and a couple of notable new features. The first is that when you upload a file from your smartphone, the notification that you get when the upload is finished will have a new option. You will now be able to quickly share the file with other people right from the notification.
Google also added 23 new languages, which include Armenian, Basque, Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Georgian, Khmer, Malayalam, and many more.
The update is rolling now so you might not see it in the Play Store right away.
source: +Google Drive
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Google has implemented new security features for those of you using Drive for Work. The focus on security for cloud solutions has been important for Google as more and more businesses move from traditional solutions to the cloud.
Google for Work are getting two new features tailored specifically for their Drive usage, including being able to adjust sharing settings by departments and Drive alerts. The admin console controlling a Drive for Work account can let different parts of a business share different things, increasing security over sensitive information. The Drive alerts are useful, too, as they’ll let you set up several different notifications for when specific actions happen, such as when documents are shared outside of the business.
Google Apps for Work customers are getting a different new feature, plus a related notification feature. Apps for Work admins can set up alerts for different actions, such as when programs are installed. They’ll also be able to let users reset their own passwords instead of having an IT department handling every request for a forgotten password.
Google also introduced other new features that aren’t specific to Google for Work or Apps for Work customers, including better sharing of files to email addresses that aren’t using Drive, and Information Rights Management on files. IRM prevents downloading, printing, and sharing of sensitive files, and is available for word documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows.
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Ready to get a little more organized with your photos and videos on Google+? Google now lets you add your photos and videos to Google Drive which will make it that much easier to find them after posting. You can organize these photos and videos via the Google+ Photos app for a much simpler experience, […]
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Google on Monday announced that it is making it easier for users to view and organize their pictures and videos. Starting today, if you visit Google Drive you’ll find copies of all of your photos and videos. New images will be visible immediately however older stuff may take a few weeks to show up. In addition to the web version, Android and iOS users will see the changes in Drive.
It was previously rumored that Google might split off its Photos from Google+ and over to Drive. The new change is more duplication and accessibility and should feel seamless.
If you use Google+ and Google Drive, you’d know that the two are oddly disconnected when it comes to photo and video sharing. But starting today, that experience is about to get much more refined. Google has just announced that the photos and videos you have uploaded to your Google+ account will soon begin to show up in Google Drive. As long as you have auto backup turned on in your Google+ settings, you’ll immediately begin to see new photos appear in your Drive account. Existing photos and videos will start to show up in your account over the next few weeks.
All of your photos will still be stored in your Google+ Photos, but you’ll now be able to manage them from Drive without having to upload them a second time. Google explains:
To get started, just look for the new Photos menu in Drive for Android, iOS and the web. From there you’ll be able to manage your photos and videos alongside other types of files. For example, you can now add pictures of wedding venues and cakes to the same Drive folder as your guest list and budget.
Are you excited to see Google+ integration come to Drive?
It wasn’t too long ago Google+ was a place where one can store their photos. However, many news sources are reporting that Google Drive is gearing up to not only store files and documents, but now your photos as well. The latest cloud version of Google Drive has a string of code that leads to an up and coming photo backup feature. This may be beneficial to people who do not wish to sign up for a Google+ account. Reports also suggest that Google Drive will also receive Chromecast support. What that means, someone can stream their video / music files straight from Google Drive without having to upload them onto Google Music. It won’t be too long before Google+ becomes just a social network.
Android Police who found the new Drive file are quick to say that nothing is set in stone just yet and Google may still make many more changes. We will just have to wait and see.
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- NVIDIA is launching GRID game streaming in May. This will allow you to play PC games on your NVIDIA Shield and Shield Tablet and be like the Netflix for games.
- Tinder Plus is now available for those who want to pay for the dating service. Paid customers extra features but beware, the price will be higher if you’re over 30!
- Waze has been inducted into the Google Mobile Services package which means it is now an official Google app and will likely eventually be pre-installed on devices.
- Mortal Kombat X has been announced for Android and it will be here sometime in April.
- Google Play is celebrating its third birthday with a huge sale of apps, games, music, and movies. Happy birthday Google Play!
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[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Blackberry Messenger got a huge update this last week. With it came myriad improvements to channels, photo sending, picture previews, in-chat playback of voice notes, and the ability to customize your PIN if you subscribe. Along with all of that comes Android Wear support which is surprisingly forward thinking for an app that almost became totally irrelevant years ago. The update is out now if you want it.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Zombie Highway was a huge success when it first came out a couple of years ago and we expect Zombie Highway 2 to continue that proud tradition. It uses many of the same mechanics as the first game, but includes improved graphics and sound effects, nitro, new cars, new weapons, new zombies, and more. The in app purchases are also surprisingly reasonable. The only downside are the release day bugs so you may need to wait a week or so for everything to get ironed out.
[Price: $9.99 ($4.99 on sale now) with in app purchases]
Alphadia Genesis 2 is the latest game out of Kemco Games who are known as one of the best jRPG studios on Android. This is a jRPG with a decently long story line, better than average graphics, and some unique battle mechanics. It uses a job system for character customization and the company promises that in app purchases are not required to finish the game. There are some release day bugs so do beware of that.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
AutoWear is a new Android Wear application that allows you to create tasks in Tasker and then use them on your Android Wear devices. Using this app, you can a bunch of fun things with your watch and control it in ways you previously couldn’t. Some of the things you can do is create customized notifications, create interactive screens, utilize improved voice commands, and more. There is a free trial so you can try it before you buy it.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Last up this week is King of Thieves. This is a game out of Zeptolabs, known for their hit Cut the Rope franchise. In this platformer style game, you must dodge defenses and steal gold coins from other players, then build your own level to defend your gold against them. You can also join guilds, engage with leaderboards, and some extra stuff like costumes. It’s a different kind of platformer and worth a shot.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know in the comments!
Google Drive’s G+ page put some details about a Drive update that will soon grace your beloved Android devices. They state the update will bring an improved PDF viewer, key performance improvements and design improvements. While those are good things, it won’t be what will catch your attention. The biggest change to Drive on Android […]
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Google is pushing out yet another update to an app, and this time it’s Google Drive’s turn. The update to version 2.2 brings some basic drag and drop functionality to the app, along with a slight change to the navigation menu.
Up until now, moving files around in Google Drive was sort of a hassle. In previous versions, you’d need to select a drop down menu and choose the location to where you wanted to move your file. But in the update to version 2.2, you can now drag and drop files wherever you’d like. After you receive the update, Google will show a brief tutorial card towards the top of the app, explaining how to do so. To move files, simply hold down on an item, then drag it to your desired location. Before you move the file, Drive will let you know how many files you have selected towards the bottom of the screen, which will prevent you from moving more files than you’d like.
Next, the new update brings a full-height navigation drawer. In the version prior to this one, the navigation drawer would slide out under the action bar up top. Now the drawer reaches the top of the screen, much like we’ve seen in a few other Google apps.
Those are the only changes we’re seeing so far, so if you find any others, feel free to comment below. The update is rolling out in the Google Play Store right now, but if you don’t want to wait for it, you can sideload the apk file by following this link.
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Our sponsor this week is Tiddalick. This game has you feeding a hungry frog using quick reflexes. It’s fast paced and addicting and the premise is great for both adults and kids. It’s also free with no in app purchases so there’s literally no harm in trying it out plus there is Google Play Games support! We’d like to thank developers Good Game Group for their support of Android Apps Weekly!
Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines this week:
- Microsoft has officially bought Sunrise Calendar for $100 million.
- Today Calendar developer Jack Underwood has implemented some hilarious anti-piracy measures in his app.
- Google Drive is giving away 2GB of free storage. Microsoft is giving away 100GB of free storage (for 2 years).
- Joe Danger is coming out on Google Play and Amazon Appstore sometime in 2015.
- Xposed Framework is coming to Lollipop “soon”, according to the developer.
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Skype received a big update this last week that allows you to send photos to offline contacts that will receive upon getting online again. Along with the photo sharing, there were also some bug fixes and performance improvements but otherwise it’s same old free video and chat platform we all know.
The popular Nokia alternative to Google Maps received an update this last week for both Android and Windows Phone. The update includes significant improvements to a whole bunch of places around the world including support for new countries, better graphics for rivers and lakes, and updates to other countries.
[Price: Free app / $20/month subscription]
DISH turned heads this last week with the release of SlingTV. This gives you 20 television stations for $20 a month including ESPN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and others. You can also get some additional sports and kids channels in $5/month packages. Sadly, no major hockey channels but the service looks good.
Limbo is a new 2D horror game where you must solve puzzles, dodge obstacles, and search for your lost sister. The graphics are minimal black and white and the design plays a huge part in the atmosphere of the game. It’s $4.99 but currently rocks an astounding 4.9 rating in the Google Play Store.
ScreenPop Lockscreen Messenger is an app that does exactly what the name says it does. It’s a photo-based messaging service where messages are delivered directly to your lock screen. It’s an interesting concept that looks really fun but do keep in mind that there’s almost no security. However, messages disappear as soon as you unlock the device or reply.
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